William St. Clair Letter


Letter from William St. Clair
to his cousins Hattie and Lib

November 8, 1861

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 [picture of           Camp Calhoun [part of page missing]
  George              Nov. the 8th  '61     
   in this space]   Dear cousin
                            Hattie I received
                            yours of the 23d
                            and was truly glad
                            to hear from you
                            but I am sorrow
that I've nothing of any importance
to write to you   There is consderble
excitement here   The people are coming
to us from all quarters for protection
The rebels are driving them out of
the country   There was three hundred
come last night women and children
and the rebels are commiting all kinds
of deprodations on the citizens and
stealing every thing they can find
but we will stop this in a few
days   we sent out two hundred
cavelry this morning and we will
                                     go next



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[section missing]  left Henderson last Friday
[section missing]  it rained all day and night
and we had a hard time climbing
over the mountains and hills   we was
two days coming 35 miles but we
have got a beautiful camp here
it is on the to of a high hill
on the bank of green river  there
a secesh town on the other side
of the river but they all left when
they heard we was coming except
what few union people there was there
that old fellow that we took the tobaco
from has left home and gone in
the secesh army  we took two steam
boats from the rebels   we are useing
them to carry the mail  from Evansville
up here to us   we are 95 miles right
south from Evansville.   You wanted
to know whether I had written to Thirse
or not   I've written two and got one
answer   I believe I've written all I can


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  at present    you must write
and tell the rest of the folks
to write   They all wait for me
to write first   I got a letter from
Brad the other day he is learning
the tinners trade at town
Direct your letters in the same
way that you did then they will
come to me where ever I am.

                             Will St. Clair
                             To Coz Mattie

Dear Coz Lib   I will try to write
you a few lines   I have written a
letter every day sinc I been here
and I am about out of any thing
to write    Soldiers life is easy and
very hard in some respects   I am
very well satisfied in the service of my
country and would be if it was as hard
agan   allthough home is dear to one
that has a happy home but I never
expect to see home until peace is restored
                                     to the Union



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  for I would not be satisfied if
I was there and my friends gone
and me at home neutral  if the
war lasts ten years my mind is
now that I will stay unless it
is my lot to fall among the many
on the battle field    we have plenty
to eat plenty for soldiers any way
we have bacon and coffee and
sea buisket that is so hard that a
wagon can run over them and not
break them  we have to soak them
in coffee until they get so we can
eat them   we have beans some times
and beef when we get them  we have
a feast and potatoes  well lib I
have to go to dinner and I will
have to quit writing  you must
write again soon.  give my love
to the best looking girl out there
    no more    Will St. Clair
               To Coz Lib Carico              remember me


  *Note to researcher:  This letter has been transcribed by Archives staff verbatim
as the words appear on the original written page.  The spacing, punctuation, and
capitalization are identical.  Words that are unclear have been enclosed in brackets.